Archive of poetry

Kalliope is a database containing old Danish poetry and associated biographical data. The goal is no less than to collect all of the older Danish poetry, but until then, Kalliope will contain a representative and still growing selection. Kalliope also contains poetry in English and other languages, but primarily as reference material to the Danish collection.
The English version of Kalliope released today. Hvis du ser denne engelske side og ønsker den danske, skal du klikke for flaget nederst på siden.

 Is it her nature or is it her will,
     to be so cruell to an humbled foe?
     if nature, then she may it mend with skill,
     if will, then she at will may will forgoe.
 But if her nature and her wil be so,
     that she will plague the man that loues her most:
     and take delight t'encrease a wretches woe,
     then all her natures goodly guifts are lost.
 And that same glorious beauties ydle boast,
     is but a bayt such wretches to beguile:
     as being long in her loues tempest tost,
     she meanes at last to make her piteous spoyle.
 O fayrest fayre let neuer it be named,
     that so fayre beauty was so fowly shamed.

Edmund Spenser
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